What makes a good movie

What Makes Story Good?

A good script is one that has conflict.  People generally judge a movie on how entertained they are.  Conflict is tension.  Even comedy a good laugh causes tension.  To do this successfully you must create  tension and then release.  Continually create a negative and then solve it with a positive.  As Robert McKee states book mark that positive with another negative.  This means you want to setup your next scene’s conflict being caused by the resolution of the last scenes.  That resolution causes the next conflict in the story.  A great example of this is the AMC tv show Breaking Bad. Typically this might be the protagonist making a bad decision. At the time that seemed like the only logical option but in doing so it set a chain of events in place that will cause a ton of future conflicts. Donald Trump might have thought that going into Super Tuesday with all the southern votes at steak if he tried to play dumb and not disavow David Duke he could lock up votes from southerners who might lean towards sympathy to David Duke.  It made sense at the time based on his anti-immigration platform but it set in place a chain of events that will haunt him for the rest of the election.  The first conflict is leaders of Republican party refusing to support his nomination.  In the general election it might be independent voters refusing to vote for someone they view as racist.  That one little event or decision setup a chain of events that will cause great conflict.  After all Donald Trump is an entertainer.

The more obstacles you can sprinkle into your plot the easier it will be to create conflict and thus have a very dramatic story. The key plot points must create greater levels of obstacles. Think about Raiders of the Lost Arc.  The rolling bolder that Indiana barely escapes is followed by him facing 100 spears.  As the story progresses his ultimate obstacle is not opening his eyes and being turned into melting flesh from looking at the power of the arc. obstacle should progress in intensity as the story unfolds.  Ultimately you need a very powerful ending. Something memorable like Paranormal Activity. This is why Hollywood has made so many twist endings over the years.

Remember at the heart of every dramatic story is conflict. In order for your protagonist to reach their goals they much be confronted with conflict. There is a lot more on this from our main website Broke Film Makers the Indie Film Resource Blog.